Special note to seniors awaiting college decisions: take a chill pill

Special note to seniors awaiting college decisions: take a chill pill

By Ian Bernstein ’18

Attention anxious seniors,
It’s mid-January; the leaves are long gone, the air is bitter and the birds are no longer chirping. The days are short with long hours of darkness, casting a spell of fatigue and discouragement. You’ve probably just applied to your regular decision schools, so the following months will be filled with waiting, waiting and more waiting. It may feel like your decisions will never come, and it’s easy to lose your mind while awaiting them. But there’s no need to fear; here are some quick tips to keep you sane during this seemingly endless time.

Stay positive
This piece of advice is particularly for those who think their whole world will crash and burn if they don’t get their desired result. Be mindful of the fact that there are plenty of schools for everyone, and wherever you end up will most likely work out just fine. Also, don’t let other people influence the way you feel; you know yourself the best, so be confident in what you submitted.

Be realistic
Do not put all your eggs in one basket. Don’t rely on one place to accept you, because if your only school falls through, you’ll have to scramble to come up with a new plan. Emotionally prepare yourself for rejection, especially if you apply to a relatively competitive school. It’s one thing to have a back-up plan set, but it’s more important to brace yourself for the worst to keep yourself intact in case there’s a negative outcome. Be hopeful, but always have a back-up plan.

Be humble
Once acceptances start trickling in, you may feel the urge to brag. For the sake of other students, keep the good news low-key. Contain your pride, and avoid being bumptious. Once you commit somewhere, however, feel free to let everyone know.
People mean it when they say college will be the best years of your life. While the waiting period can be tough, take comfort in knowing that your college experience will be fantastic. Relax and take a chill pill.